I made a few discoveries yesterday while I was on my hands & knees planting bulbs. It taught me a lesson too. I always think I know what's going on in my garden but crawling around at ground level definitely proved me wrong. The first, very exciting surprise was finding a Lycoris radiata bulb in bloom! It was actually past its peak too so it had opened a while ago:
Oh boy, oh boy. How amazing is that? I was mad at myself last fall for spending money on the bulbs (I recklessly placed an order after seeing photos of them in bloom on other blogs). What I didn't realize at that time is that they are only hardy to zone 7 or 8 ~ I learned that after planting. Basically I wrote them off as money wasted (& lectured myself to pay more attention in the future). Because of the hardiness zones (I'm in zone 5) I hadn't even bothered to look for blooms. We had an unusually mild winter last year which must explain how this one survived? However it happened, it was QUITE a thrill for me to find it blooming.
A funny story ~ my neighbor happened to walk by when I was photographing them and wanted to know what I was doing. When I said I was taking pictures of "naked ladies," he got pretty excited. His enthusiasm cooled when I pointed out the red blooms ~ I guess they weren't exactly what he had in mind! tee hee. I'm hoping to get some better photos today ~ I was so excited to find them yesterday that I grabbed the camera and snapped away despite the glare of full sun.
Something else interesting was finding a bud on one of the Primula denticulata plants (drumstick primula):
I planted three of these primulas earlier in the summer but never expected them to try and bloom this year. I was looking forward to a spring display but we'll see what happens with this bud. Low temperatures over the weekend are expected to be in the mid to lower 20's. I don't know if it can withstand that or not? Maybe I should cover it?
This little guy better find a sheltered spot to weather out the cold front too:
because look what it's doing this AM:
Yes, that's SNOW. Can you believe it?? I keep hoping I'm having a bad dream but it's not going away. A fall surprise I'd rather not have...